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Jennie Gow blog: I've passed my bike test!

Jennie Gow, 28 July 2010 14:41

I'm on a Honda GR 125, the sun is streaming off the River Thames and I have a massive smile on my face as I look down at my Speedo and realise I've just passed the 50mph mark for the very first time. This has to be one of the best feelings in the world! But I've got carried away ...

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New Rider: Slow speed shimmy

Chris Dabbs, 09 July 2010 14:12

If you are new to biking there are lots of fresh sensations to get to grips with, from leaning into bends, to the front dipping under braking or that pull on your arms as you accelerate hard. One strange one you may come across is a shake through the forks at certain speeds, mainly between 40-50mph and mostley when you ...

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Road positioning is more important on a bike

MCN, 19 April 2010 17:47

If you flit between using a car and a bike don’t forget that you have much more choice over where you are positioned on a bike than in a car. You need to think about where you should be on the road, for maximum pleasure and maximum safety all the time.  Get a friend into biking and win £10000 for ...

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Motorcycle Safety: How safe is riding a bike?

Rupert Paul, 09 September 2009 11:06

If you’re starting out, this has got to be a question looming large in your mind – and if not yours, then definitely the mind of your nearest and dearest. The short answer is: riding a bike does expose you to more danger than most other ways of passing the time. And you need a certain amount of luck. You’re ...

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Motorcycle Safety: avoiding common accidents

Chris Dabbs, 07 September 2009 08:48

The most common accidents that we bikers get involved in are collisions at junctions, collisions while overtaking, loss of control, either from a shunt or, and, surprise, surprise, failing to get round a bend. The key to minimizing the risk of any of these happening is anticipation, whether that’s reading the road ahead or another road users’ intentions, if you ...

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Practical Test: module two sites

Marc Abbott, 14 July 2009 17:04

Module two of the riding test is the final hurdle between being a learner and a possessing a full bike licence. Unlike module one of the test, module two is completed on the road. It involves a road riding test, which will last at least 30 minutes, an eyesight test and safety questions. Click here to book your test online.  ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Travel faster than the traffic to stay safe

Marc Abbott, 09 July 2009 11:37

Believe it or not, the safest way to ride through traffic is to go slightly faster than it. That way you won’t get stuck in a blind spot and the relative difference in speed between you and the cars will mean you stand out more. Further reading:Basic skills

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Motorcycle Safety: Get started young

Marc Abbott, 26 June 2009 15:00

A field bike and a patch of grass was many a teenage new rider's introduction to bikes, but these days there are a few schemes dotted around the country, many run by local authorities that give youngsters a taste of two wheels. The Auto Cycle Union has a list of national schemes. Contact Debbie Walmsley: 01788-540519.   The best way to ...

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Motorcycle Safety: Stay sharp after you’ve passed

Rupert Paul, 16 June 2009 09:27

So you’ve got through it. Decades of blissful riding stretch out in front of you. Well, I’ve been riding for decades, and spent almost as long studying what makes people good, happy riders (or lousy, miserable ones). So here’s my two penn’orth. You might not think that some of the stuff below looks like training, but it is.  1. Do ...

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Adam Shorrock's motorcycle test diary

Adam Shorrock, 14 July 2008 15:33

I passed my CBT last summer with CAM Rider and must admit I was surprised I passed. Looking back at handling my first 125cc motorcycle are memories of excruciating pain in my crotch and a thumping heart rate after accidently pulling a wheelie on the first roundabout just moments after leaving CAM Rider headquarters! Little did I know that there ...

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